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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator WILSON (South Australia) . - Will the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) tell the Committee under what iten the parts which go to make up the sprinklers, sprays, &c, enumerated in item 161 come?

Senator Pearce - If they were brass nozzles or nipples, they would come under item 192, but if they were not of brass they would come under item 161.

Senator WILSON - Then this Tariff defeats its own ends. Its object is, we understand, to encourage Australian industries, but here we have an inducement deliberately held out to the public to obtain the finished article from overseas. Senator Senior, who is a handy man in a garden, says that parts for sprinklers are often attached to a kerosene tin with very good results. Many irrigationists have to make their own sprinklers, but we find that, under a previous item, we have already provided for duties of 15 per cent., 20 per cent., and 30 per cent. on the completed article, whereas under this item the duties on the parts that go to make up that article are nearly twice as much. That is ridiculous.

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